Progression to Tertiary > Qualification Level

The tertiary education sector is a diverse sector. Its scope ranges from informal non-assessed community courses in schools through to formal undergraduate degrees and advanced research-based postgraduate degrees.

Progression to tertiary education is a measure of the level of tertiary education a student is enrolled in one, two or three years after leaving school.

School leavers are identified from the Ministry of Education’s ENROL system, while tertiary enrolment information is sourced from the tertiary databases SDR and ITR.

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Table 1: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education one year after leaving school (2015-2017 leaver cohorts)
Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2015 2016 2017
Female Enrolled Degree L7 or above 17 16 14
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 17 22 19
Female Enrolled L1-L2 8 6 4
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 38 37 34
Female Total 80 81 71
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 12 9 4
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 24 31 26
Male Enrolled L1-L2 7 2 5
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 49 59 54
Male Total 92 101 89
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 7 4 2
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 8 17 14
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 8 4 3
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 29 44 47
Māori Total 52 69 66
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1 2 x
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 2 1 x
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 1 0 x
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2 3 x
Pacific Total 6 6 x
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2 x x
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 1 x x
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 1 x x
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2 x x
Asian Total 6 x x
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 0 x
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x 0 x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 x 0 x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 0 x
MELAA Total x 0 x
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x 0
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x x 0
Other Enrolled L1-L2 x x 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x 0
Other Total x x 0
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 20 22 16
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 33 37 34
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 8 6 7
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 60 63 49
NZ European/Pākehā Total 121 128 106
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 29 25 18
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 41 53 45
Total Enrolled L1-L2 15 8 9
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 87 96 88
Total Total 172 182 160

Notes:

  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian students. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students and adult students (age 19+) are excluded.
Table 2: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education two years after leaving school (2014-2016 cohorts)
Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2014 2015 2016
Female Enrolled Degree L7 or above 18 17 21
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 14 18 13
Female Enrolled L1-L2 7 3 2
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 34 42 45
Female Total 73 80 81
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 11 10 11
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 23 21 29
Male Enrolled L1-L2 6 1 1
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 46 60 60
Male Total 86 92 101
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3 4 7
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 10 11 13
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 6 2 3
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 32 35 46
Māori Total 51 52 69
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 0 0 2
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 0 2 0
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 0 0 0
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 0 4 4
Pacific Total 0 6 6
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 2 x
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x 0 x
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 x 0 x
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 4 x
Asian Total x 6 x
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 0 x 0
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 0 x 0
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 0 x 0
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 0 x 0
MELAA Total 0 x 0
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x x x
Other Enrolled L1-L2 x x x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x
Other Total x x x
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 27 21 26
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 30 29 33
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 7 2 1
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 51 69 68
NZ European/Pākehā Total 115 121 128
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 29 27 32
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 37 39 42
Total Enrolled L1-L2 13 4 3
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 80 102 105
Total Total 159 172 182

Notes:

  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian students. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students and adult students (age 19+) are excluded.